THERE ARE LAWS in creation which the word of God indicates are universal laws, extending into both the physical
and spiritual realms. These laws cannot fail for God Himself presides over them. They are as sure to us as the fact that God is. One such law is the law of sowing and reaping or the law of the seed. This law with which we are so familiar in the physical realm, is extended into the spiritual realm by the word of God in such passages as Luke 6:38, 2 Cor. 9:6 and Gal. 6:7-9. In many everyday pursuits, we follow the principles of sowing and reaping. The businessman sows a little in order to reap the more. Bankers sow money to reap interest. Workers sow energy in order to harvest wages, etc. Spiritually, Christ was the seed of God’s new creation. The resurrection we look forward to is based upon the law of the seed. I Cor. 15:35-58.
In 2 Cor. 9:6, the Holy Spirit applies this law to the area of giving. He who gives little shall receive little . . . he who gives much shall receive much. The farmer has little doubt that this is true when he puts in his crop. He does not spare the seed. Can we be as sure of this law in other areas of life? Jesus says we can. "Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back." Luke 6:38. These words assure us that the harvest is greater than the sowing. How practical can we make this? Could we sow a tithe to reap a harvest as the farmer sows a kernel to reap a head of grain? Isn’t this what God invites us to do in Malachi 3:10?
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the spirit will from the spirit reap eternal life." Gal. 6:7-8. It is clear from this passage of scripture, that we are always sowing seed of one kind or another and are consequently reaping a harvest according to the kind of seed which we have sown. Why not then control our sowing? Why not sow according to plan? If a farmer needs corn, he plants corn — if wheat, he plants wheat. He is not so ignorant as to be careless about the seed he plants for he knows he will reap according to kind. Likewise, he does not expect a crop unless he first sowed a seed of the kind he expects to harvest.
What do you need? Well, what did you sow — or did you sow? In the Scripture passages we have been considering, it is obvious the law of the seed is applicable also to the kind of crop we desire to harvest. Kind reproduces kind. If we need money, we must sow. money. If it is love, mercy or forgiveness, we must sow love, mercy or forgiveness. If help of one kind or another, help must be sown, remembering as we sow, if much is needed, we must not sow sparingly.
After the seed is sown, the farmer waits patiently and with faith for his harvest, expecting God to give the increase. But while he waits, he is busy watering the seed and keeping the field free from weeds. Yes, every seed must be watered by the word of God and persistent prayer. Weeds of doubt must be kept rooted out while with continuing faith the God-promised harvest is awaited. "For in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart." Gal 6:9.
-- Bert Bauman
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